Chief of Defence

Haakon Bruun-Hanssen

Admiral Chief of Defence CV
Military Mission to NATO

Ketil Olsen

Vice Admiral Chief of the Military Mission to NATO CV
Head of the Defence Staff

Erik Gustav­son

Lieutenant General Head of the Defence Staff CV
Directly subordinated commanders
The Defence Staff

Rune Jakobsen

Lieutenant General Chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters CV

Morten Haga Lunde

Lieutenant General Chief of the Norwegian Intelligence Service CV

Odin Johannessen

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Army CV

Nils Andreas Stensønes

Rear Admiral Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy CV

Tonje Skinnarland

Major General Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force CV

Tor Rune Raabye

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Home Guard CV

Petter Jansen

CEO Head of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation CV

Torgeir Gråtrud

Major General Head of the Norwegian Special Operations Command CV

Jan Sommerfelt-Pettersen

Rear Admiral Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services CV

Louise Kathrine Dedichen

Rear Admiral Head of the Norwegian Defence University College CV

Jan Erik Thoresen

Brigadier General Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces HR and Conscription Centre CV

Ole-Asbjørn Fauske

Brigadier General Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support Services CV

Arild Dregelid

Brigadier General Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces Programme LOS CV

Inge Kampenes

Major General Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyber Defence

Elisabeth Natvig

Rear Admiral Head of the Planning Division

Aril Brandvik

Brigadier General Head of the Management Division

Yngve Odlo

Major General Head of the Operations Division CV

Tom Simonsen

CEO Head of the Personnel Division CV

Rolf Erik Bjerk

Major General Head of the Finance Division CV

 

 

Organisation

The Norwegian Armed Forces are divided into the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Home Guard. Our organisation consists of 15 different departments.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In peacetime, the forces have 23,000 soldiers, officers, civilian employees and conscripts. Total strength after mobilisation is 83,000 personnel.​

Militar​​y Com​mand

The top military leader is the Chief of Defence. In addition to this, the Chief is also the Minister of Defence's top military adviser. 

The Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) coordinates the operational part of the Armed Forces, both in Norway and abroad. The NJHQ is responsible for planning and managing the Armed Forces' operations in peace, crisis and war. ​

​Politi​​​cal Command

The Norwegian constitution places the King as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The Government exercises this authority, while political control of the Armed Forces is exercised through ​cooperation and the division of power between the Government and Parliament.

The Minister of Defence heads the Ministry of Defence and has the constitutional and political responsibility for the Armed Forces. All matters not decided in coun​cil, are decided by the Minister, or by departm​ental officials on the Minister's behalf. The current Minister of Defence is Ine Eriksen Søreide.​

Re-organisation summer 2016​

In August 2016, the Norwegian Armed Forces were reorganised. Some departments were merged, and the number of departments was reduced from 21 to 15.

  • ​​On 1 Au​gust 2016, the Salary and Pay Office was relocated and is now a part of​ the Norwegian Armed Forces HR and Con​​scription Centre.
  • On 2 August 2016, the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Support Services was established. Six former, independent departments were relocated and are now part of the Joint Support Services: the Media Centre, the Unit for Military Culture and Traditions, the Security Department, Forum (The Defence's For​um), the Chaplain Corps, and the Accounting Office.
Published 11 June 2015 17:01.. Last updated 01 September 2017 18:03.